President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov Inspects Construction of TAT Railway

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov reviewed the construction of the Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Tajikistan railway during a working visit to Lebap Velayat, Turkmenistan: the Golden Age reports.

He traveled from Turkmenabat Airport by helicopter to Imamnazar, “where construction of Atamyrat – Imamnazar – Aqina – Andkhoy steel line undergoes at full pace”. At Imamnazar, he received reports about the customs facilities which handle Around 250 – 300 trucks per day, then visited an hydrocarbon terminal where “construction is at the final stage”. The terminal includes a “Railway loading rack for hydrocarbons”.

He then went to the future Imamnazar station. As of the date of the visit, 85 km of earthworks had been built on the Atamyrat – Imamnazar line, 82.2 km “filled with sand and gravel mixture”, 82 km of rails had been laid and a road parallel to the railway had been prepared. The earthworks on the Afghan section of the railway to Aqina “is prepared”, and construction works at two Gulistan and Imamnazar stations “are at the final stages”.

“This railway is summoned to become the road of friendship and cooperation of the countries of the region and reliable transport main. Realization of this project, besides economic benefits, will open wide opportunities for integration of participating countries into the international economy at equal partnership.”
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Deputy Chairman of Cabinet of Ministers S Satlykov and Minister of Transport B Annameredov provided the president with information about the railway project. The President “expressed his interest in rates and quality of construction works at other parts of the railway”, and “emphasized that deadline for putting into operation of the railway are important requirements for construction of this complex engineering and technical infrastructure”.

During his return flight to Turkmenabat the President saw the work underway on two bridges on the Atamyrat – Imamnazar – Akina railway. These bridges are 5 m wide, with the bridge at the 15 Years of Independence lake being 256 m long and the bridge over the Karakum River being 363 m long. Construction of the reinforced concrete piers has been completed, and temporary piers and metalwork are being installed.

“Successful realization of the construction project of this strategic transport corridor will provide not only further steadfast social and economic development of Lebap region but the whole Turkmenistan as well. As it was mentioned above, the right bank of the Amudarya River has unique deposits of natural reserves. Establishment of reliable railway connection will serve as key factor of rapid development of this countless treasury.”
Turkmenistan: the Golden Age